We bought season passes to our little water park here in Spokane Valley, Splashdown, again this year. The kids just have a blast, it is so worth the money!!! This year our friends bought passes too, so it has been doubly fun for the kids to have their friends with them!!
Last Friday the dads took the kids to the water park by them selves, while us mom's worked. They told us that while they were there, standing by the kiddie pool, a teenage boy was yelling at his friend and called him a retard, right in front of Ella and Riley. The lifeguard (young high school possibly college guy) immediately yelled at the kid and told him something to the effect of "knock it off, we don't need people talking like that here." I thought that was just so cool. So, today when we went to the water park my husband, Ella and I went and talked to the owner of the water park and told him just how appreciative we were that the young lifeguard had got on to that boy, how much that meant to us. The owner said "we have absolutely no use for that kind of language here!" Hopefully he will make sure and tell the lifeguard what a good job he did! I love that place!!!!!!
Here are a few pictures of Ella and Riley at the water park. I swear these two are two peas in a pod, they have very very similar personality (and a lot of it!!!) I can't tell you how many times we have been asked if they are twins!!
OK Its Mary again. Don't you just want to squeeze these two. Now that Riley doesn't scare Ella to the point of tears they have so much fun with each other. They have the cutest lil hugs and kisses for each other. They truly are good buddies and I love to watch them play. They have their moments of bossing each other around and not wanting to do what the other wants but they truly do have concern for each other. The shots above of Ella's arm around Riley are not posed or encouraged by the moms who think its cute. Riley didn't want to walk at that moment so Ella was giving him some encouragement. If one of them is upset the other has to come and give pats and loves to make sure their friend is OK. It is so encouraging to hear stories like the one above and so much better in real life. I love like to think that there was a little Riley or Ella in that lifeguards world somewhere that showed him there was no use for the word retard. I love to imagine how many lives these two are touching with out us evening realizing.